WHO IS THE LEADER OF NEPAL?
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is the leader of Nepal.
She is the first female head of state and the second elected President since Nepal declared itself a republic in 2008. However, generally, women in Nepal have little exposure to education and wider society.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN NEPAL?
1.2 million Christians live in Nepal. They make up just over four per cent of the total population of 29.6 million - and their numbers are growing fast.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN NEPAL?
Most persecution comes from Hindu extremists who want Nepal to become a Hindu state again. Leaving Hinduism is seen as unacceptable.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN NEPAL?
Christians from a Hindu background and Christians who actively share their faith face the greatest persecution. They face pressure from their families, communities, local authorities and Hindu priests. Women and girls are often subjected to physical violence by their families and may become social outcasts.
"Since the incident I have been unable to eat properly. I am always fearful about my children and husband. We could be attacked again any time. "
- A Pastor’s wife, beaten by Hindu extremists
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN NEPAL?
You can give to provide vital support
Open Doors works through church partners to support believers in Nepal with Bibles and Christian books, training, livelihood projects, relief aid and legal support.
£12 could provide four Bibles to encourage persecuted Christians in Asia in their faith.
You can SPEAK OUT
Sign up for advocacy alerts for updates on how you can be a voice for our persecuted church family.
You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR NEPAL
Thank You, resurrected Lord, that many are turning to You through seeing healings and miracles. Protect women and girls from rejection and abuse. Heal and strengthen men and boys who have been attacked and cannot work. In Your mercy, please provide for their families. Give courage and creativity to churches as they gather together and share Your love with others.